Biology is an interesting branch of science that lends itself to field trips and fascinating lab projects; but for many homeschoolers, especially those who didn’t like biology themselves, teaching it at the high school level can be a daunting task. Here are some tips and ideas to make teaching biology easier and more fun in the Learning to Reason stage.
Tips for the Learning to Reason Stage
In order to graduate, your student will probably need at least three science courses. Students interested in science or medical fields will need one more. One of those courses will need to be a life science course, and at least one course should include lab. Biology is a natural course to choose for the lab portion because the materials needed for labs are often easier to find than other sciences.
Here are some tips for a successful high school study:
- Consider using a science textbooks written specifically for homeschoolers. These are more often written directly to the student and will tend to include experiments that usematerials homeschoolers already have at home or can easily obtain.
- Even in the high school years, understanding microscopic cells can be difficult. Use drawings and models to make cellular biology more concrete and easier to understand.
- Find resources that specifically address evolution and the origin of life and include them in your high schooler’s science study.
- Use field trips to pique your students’ interest in biology. They may even discover a future career with a visit to a hospital, farm, or zoo.
- If your student is interested in a medical field, you may want to follow biology with human anatomy, and perhaps marine biology as well.
- Flashbacks to high school biology probably include memories of dissection. For some students (and parents!) this is a fascinating part of science study. For others, it is…not. If the thought of doing dissections turns your stomach, there are alternatives. Purchase a curriculum with a video or interactive digital version of dissections, or search YouTube.
- If you haven’t purchased one before, you will need to gain access to a microscope for the high school years. If you don’t have the funds to purchase a new one of your own, consider sharing with one or more families (which will take some coordination) or purchase one used.
- Occasionally some public or private schools will allow you to borrow an older model, and some larger libraries might have one to loan as well. But also remember that you don’t have to have anything fancy. You can accomplish much with even a simple, inexpensive microscope.